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Popskull | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-26-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle received in a recent trade with GbVDave. Thanks again, man!

Pours a deep dark mahogany color out of the bottle but appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass with only the slightest hint of mahogany edges when held up to a light source.
One finger light beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.

Slightly earthy chocolate malt aroma with subtle oaky vanilla, vinous dark fruit and cherry cola notes. The palo santo wood is subtly integrated into the aroma but doesn't overpower the other scents.

Slightly vinous, chewy medium body with lots of silky dark malt, tart dark fruit and subtle earthy oak character. Lots of sweet dark chocolate, caramel, toffee and vinous dark fruit. Hints of grape and sour black cherry adds a sweet balance to the dark malts and although the wood presence is subtle there is a prominent vanilla character that smooths things out nicely. The high ABV is excellently masked, making this beer kind of dangerous. Complex and fairly quaffable. I'm glad I got a chance to try it.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a dark brown almost black color with red hues, a very thick tan colored head that lingers for a good amount of time, almost a full minute, leaving a a decent lacing on the glass

S-the nose is pretty much all malt, roasted malts with a touch of chocolate and caramel

T-the taste starts with huge roasted malts, very powerful, it then has a light milk chocolate taste come in with a touch of a caramel malt backbone to sweeten that fades into some sweet citrus hops towards the finish balancing an otherwise huge malt beer

M-very smooth and on the fuller side of medium body, it has a certain syrupy aspect to it with the perfect amount of carbonation that feels even better as it warms

D-great flavor that completely hides the alcohol, you would never know this had 10% alcohol until you hit the floor after a couple

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Photo of bort11
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a DFH tulip. Quarter inch of light tan head quickly recedes, though it maintains a thin ring around the edge of the surface. Dark mahogany brown, dense and lets little light through.

Smell is milk chocolate sweet. Taste is equally chocolaty with a little toffee. There is some bubblegum esters, interesting touch. A little spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and coating. The 10% wasn't noticeable at first, but caught up with me towards the end. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of mikecharley
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained @ DLD 09 with the wife.

Pours a dark dark mahogany brown/ruby. It is almost stoutish in appearance. The head is a walnut looking color. nice.

The nose is really subdued. Light nut and palo santo wood. Slightly roasty malts.

The taste is nice and nutty. Kinda surprised with this. It is really like a soft nut, and some palo santo wood in there. Eerily similar to palo santo marron.

Overall this is a good brew, and I'm glad I have another in the cellar. The only issue I have is that it's another "brown ale" aged in that palo santo wood. Why didnt they go with a different style? Who knows...

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Photo of prototypic
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Popskull pours a very dark mahogany brown color. It's not black. Light cutting through at the edges reveals dark burgundy highlights. A tan head stands about a finger and a half tall. It recedes relatively quickly and leaves very little lace behind. Too much abv? Perhaps.

The nose is all kinds of malty. Sweet caramel malt is very pronounced. There are hints of bittersweet chocolate malts, in addition. Molasses and maple syrup are secondary, but certainly add an interesting dimension. There's a bit of a roasted malt smell. It's a little earthy. I suspect a hop presence was much more pronounced when this was fresh. Today...there are remnants, but not much. Alcohol isn't all that noticeable surprisingly. I wouldn't have guessed anywhere near 10%. Overall, it smells good, but it doesn't smell special.

The flavor is more impressive. It's not so much better that it warrants a score bump, but it is a little better. It is incredibly malty. It features a sweet caramel malt base with some chocolate and roasted malts mixed in. Together, they create a pretty impressive flavor. It's complemented by molasses and a little maple syrup. It's a little earthy. I can taste the remnants of hop flavor. I would've loved to try this fresh. A strong hop flavor would really add an interesting element to the mix. There's a little alcohol, but not as much as you might expect. I still wouldn't guess anywhere near the 10% range. It finishes syrupy and malty.

Popskull has a medium body. It's a little too thin. Carbonation is a little too buzzy permit a smooth feel. Ultimately, it needs more body. That much is apparent. Drinkability is good. For a 10% beer, Popskull goes down surprisingly easy and never tastes or feels like such a big beer. It's impressive in that respect.

I had no idea this was a collaboration between Three Floyds and Dogfish Head until I got the bottle. The results are good. It isn't special by any means, but is a very solid beer. Given that Three Floyds was involved, I strongly suspect that the hops were much more prevalent when this was fresh. There is enough evidence remaining to suggest that's the case. It's still good beer, but I wish I had a crack at a fresh bottle. Today, it's just good beer. Not quite great.

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Photo of HopHobo
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up this bottle at DLD '09 and waited until now to enjoy a bottle with my wife.

Poured 12 oz. in an Imperial Short's glass.

PopSkull pours a very dark brown almost black with a tiny white head that disappears quickly. The carbonation apears to be slight, but appropriate for a high alcohol brown ale. Smells of sweet malt, candi sugar, honey and lactose very nice and sweet smell. The taste delivers much of the same with bitter dark malts that are accented with a sweet sugar flavor that gives way to a bit of a boozey burn at the end. This is an incredibley drinkable high alcohol ale. This reminds me of a beer that will put you in you place if you talk bad about its mother, but is cool enough to forgive you in the end. Really something I could drink alot of on a rainy fall evening....which it is tonight. Really nice beer and I'm glad I picked it up.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark ruby color with a short, underwhelming light tan head.

Scent of sugars, roasted malts, sweet dark fruit, molasses, tobacco, maple syrup, some earthy wood, and very faint hops. The scent is very good, but it is just a bit too sweet.

Taste of brown sugar, wood, maple syrup, dark fruit, cocoa, tobacco, and roasted chalky malts. Finishes with a lingering flavor of cocoa, dry chalky roasted malts and faint alcohol. Much better than when I had it on cask when it was released initially.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and oily with a strong bite of carbonation.

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Photo of dfillius
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter.
Collaboration ale with Dogfish Head?! Should be good.
A: Moderate pour yields a fine layer of tan head with poor retention - more please. Dark brown liquid looks a little hazy.
S: Caramel, peat, earthy, slightly cheesy funkiness, smoked malt. Good but sparse.
T: Quite sweet start, some tart maybe lactic edginess and earthy peatiness. Reminiscent of New Glarus Old English Porter. Less tart than that with fuller malt though. Label says its an Old Braun, I assumed that meant a tart Oud Bruin, but it says American Brown on here. I would say that it is not a typical Oud Bruin, but is an amazing American Brown.
M: Chewy but tart. Nice overall
D: Delicious and enjoyable. I'd order another and buy again. Top notch.

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Photo of slaintemhor
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this last summer. The colour was dark brown with no head. The aroma was lightly hoppy and sweetly malty but no other standout aromas. On the palate, sweet malt, toffee and caramel were predominant along with minimal carbonation and a relatively long finish.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A thin looking translucent dark brown color with a loose shallow tan head that's gone in a flash leaving negligible lacing. The smell is unique and IMO the best characteristic of this beverage. The booze comes across first followed by a sweet chocolate caramel and that molasses licorice wood that I remember fondly from Palo Santo Marron. Lightly carbonated, the body has a light tanginess from the alcohol but the mouth feel otherwise does not lend much to the overall drinkability. That unique woody nature of PSM is the highlight of the nicely complex malty choco-caramel flavor. Hugely drinkable...the 10% ABV is a stunning surprise. Really glad that this one was still available at the pub.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark brown with the faintest mahogany highlights when held up to light. Thick creamy head with lots of little foam bubbles. Leaves solid lacing behind on glass.

S - Nutty aroma up front with hints of wood. A very light burnt coffee bean aroma begins to come through as the beer warms. No real hop aroma in this one.

T - Sweet nuttiness is the primary taste. Hints of wood linger underneath. Light fruitiness in the finish but it is very muted. Taste a lot like a standard American brown ale with a little bit of wood aging mixed in.

M/D - Medium bodied but lacking any real heft in the feel. Very easy drinking and surprised to see it listed at 10%. Would not have guessed it was near that high.

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Photo of morimech
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with two fingers of tan head that had good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Just a little spotty lacing is left on the glass. Has a complex aroma. I smell chocolate, vanilla, roasted nuts, and some dark fruit. I really enjoyed the flavor of this beer as well. For a beer packing 10% ABV, I did not detect any alcohol aroma or flavor. What I did taste is the nutty malt with some chocolate, vanilla, and a little fruitiness in the finish. I also get some ash or charcoal in the aftertaste. This is a really well put together brown ale. The body is on the lighter side of medium. The carbonation is well suited for the body. The only thing that hurts drinkability is the high ABV. I would like to have this again in the future.

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Photo of ricke
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a medium-sized off-white head. Some lacings.

S: Bready malts, spices and sweet vinous fruity aromas. Hints of toffee, bark and perhaps licorice. The alcohol makes an appearance every now and then.

T: Similar to the smell. Bready malts with lots of woody notes and vinous fruits. Notes of spicy hops, coffee powder, chocolate and brown sugar. The finish has some bitterness to it and notes of malts and warming alcohol.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation. Considering the high ABV and the malty profile, I was expecting a fuller body.

D: A good well done beer, but it's not fantastic.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To describe this as a brown ale is to say that the ocean is wet. This is a VERY BROWN ale. Perhaps even a BLACK ale.

It's good and everything, but ultimately, I am not sure of the point, or what the brewers were trying to achieve.

Pours deep black with thick but shortlived tan head. Smell is slight. Flavor is roasted, with chocolate in the background. Toffee and molasses. Black cherry. A little wood. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin.

I don't know what we're supposed to take away from this, other than the fact that Three Floyds can bend and break the style guidelines and that they can hide a powerful alcoholic punch behind a decent flavor. This really isn't a brown ale. It really isn't a porter. It's not memorably flavorful. It's just a good dark beer with a gigantic booze punch hidden inside.

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Photo of hero27
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle.

Two bottles of this given to me as a birthday gift from my brother. What a guy, i tell ya..

Pours a heavy, opaque chestnut..aroma of burnt dark chocolate & oak.. Gigantic roasted malt flavor makes this a sweet beer overall, but 3F (as usual) manages to throw a remarkable amount of hops in this one to balance it out really well.
Very smooth all the way through, with a mouth-coating texture actually quite similar to Dark Lord. For 10%, this slides down as easy as any..and the alcohol is barely noticed in the flavor, with the exception of a slight burn on the tastebuds.

This is definitely more 3F than DFH, as the ingredients all seem to be right out of the Three Floyds playbook..but that's not a bad thing. As an imperial brown ale, this manages to blow the doors off most brews in that category. Glad I got the chance to try this rare one. Highly recommended.

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Photo of dismal
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My 100th review so I thought I would bust out something kinda special. Picked a couple of these up at Dark Lord Day. From a bomber to pint glass. Pours a dark brown with a small very light tan head that fades quickly to a minimal head of almost nothing. Leaves little to no lacing down the glass. The smell right away reminds me of Dogfish Head, kind of that signature aroma I get from most all of their stuff. Other than that kind of a burnt smell, kind of woody. Not hoppy at all but some malt smells are there. Also a hint of chocolate. The taste is pretty good. Like the smell I get that signature Dogfish Head taste, I think it's apparent this one is a collaboration between the two breweries. I also get some chocolate in the taste, it's more apparent after a few sips. I can also get a nutty or woody taste as well. A higher ABV it's not noticeable to me making this one very drinkable. I'm not a huge brown ale drinker though I do enjoy them from time to time this one is up there for me. I think Three Floyds and Dogfish Head did a great job on this one. Overall great stuff. Unfortunately this was my last bottle. I'd love to get more, maybe one day!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very deep, nutty brown. Not quite the color of Palo Santo, likely more toward the color of DFH Indian Brown.

S: Lots of brown malt going into this one, with a little bit of the wood coming through in the nose. There is some caramel, toffee, hints of wood, brown sugar, and some dried fruits. Overall, a mild sweetness lingers and awaits my lips.

T: Very similar to the smell with a touch more of the wood. The flavor profile is a bit muted at fridge temperature, and everything melds together much better as this one warms up, and it seems to get a little bit sweeter. Also, the bottle of this that I had in September was much better than the bottle some friends and I cracked during the Dark Lord festivities. One more bottle waiting in the cellar.

M: Fairly full bodied especially with the wood flavors becoming more prevalent. The alcohol is there, but definitely not overpowering.

D: Not as drinkable as it could be, but with the Palo aging, I wasn't expecting a bastion of drinkability.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to stonequarrywest for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee. The taste is sweet, malty, with chocolate/toffee notes. Nice little vanilla note, with some slight roastyness. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a sipper for sure, very tasty.

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Photo of charlesw
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Editorial: this is listed at 10% and as an American Brown. Whoever put it there is a fricking crack smoker. Duh.

Let's call it an impy porter or stout, shall we? In that context it has a nice, very deeply brown to black opaque color. Very low white head that's quickly and sadly gone.

Smell is overpoweringly... Some kind of thing. Hmm. I'll check the other reviews in a minute to clarify that. After I finish with my review. But there's ONE smell that is so strong in here it's almost like there's nothing else going on at all.

And, golly, if that isn't just the taste, too. Craziness. Chocolate licorice? Something like that. A bit chalky in the taste but not the mouthfeel.

In the mouth it's perfect. Right where it should be. Great. I still don't think I'd drink another. The flavor is just weird.

Aha! Someone else hit it right on! It smells and tastes exactly like tootsie rolls! Is that an off flavor? I suppose it depends on what you're looking for in a beer. Not my cup of tea.

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Photo of gford217
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle courtesy of HopHobo poured into a tulip.

Pours a dark brown that looks nearly black in the glass with bits of light showing through the edges. The head is creamy and a little rocky with lots of carbonation feeding up from the bottom. This allows a solid cap to stick around for the duration.

The aroma is very big for a brown with chocolate, coffee and lots of wood. There is a big molasses sweetness with a hefty caramel malt presence as well.

The taste starts out with the dark chocolate malts and just keeps getting sweeter with the molasses coming out in the middle. The finish is slightly drier with some toasted malts and espresso. There is also definitely the same distinctive wood character that I enjoyed so much in the Palo Santo Marron.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and super smooth with a strong carbonation and a sweet stickiness on the tongue.

This one reminds me a bit of the Palo Santo Marron and I love that beer, so it's no surprise that I really like this one as well. It's got a lot of bold flavors and a wonderful velvety mouthfeel. It's definitely not the most drinkable of beers, but it's extremely tasty. One of the best 3 Floyds beers I've had in a while.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this at the FFF Brew Pub on a recent business trip to Chicago. Thanks Dan!

The head was not that aggressive even with a fairly aggressive pour. Light tan head that leave some nice lacing behind. Brown shoe polish colored beer. A little like a soda.

Aroma was fairly complex and a bit nutty. Light chocolate aroma along with some fruity esters.

Chocolate, nutty, dark caramel sweet, molasses. There was quite a bit going on here. I thought of tootsie rolls a couple of times when drinking this.

Smooth with little carbonation. Medium bodied... A bit thicker than most browns.

I enjoyed this as a more complex brown.. Interesting..

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to hans gruber !

pours deep cola brown with very light creamy head and very little retention and lacing.

big sour and funky scents, vinegar oak, and molasses.

you can easily taste the palo santo marron. sweet dark fruit, a bit of chocolate and vanilla. as it warmed, i got some dark cherries. quite sweet all around and very little bitterness at all.

light bite to it and fairly full. a bit dry at the finish

this was pretty damn good. not what i expected really from the "old braun". very good overall! not something if want every day but a great treat here and there. overall, this was my pleasure to drink.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got from ummagum - many thanks as always! Poured from a 22oz bomber with cool label into a pint glass. No dating info on bottle but this was a one time release at DLD time so know it's fresh enough. Should be interesting as both DFH and 3F do unique things with their beers. Was a dark brown color with reddish highlights. Not much visible carb. Sliding lace. It had a large tan head that slowly settled into a collar and some center whisps.

The aroma was really good. Lots of oak up front with cocoa and caramel in the back. Very sweet but not too sweet. Like the aroma better than the standard Palo Santo Marron. The taste followed the aroma and was also excellent. Nice and oaky with chocolate and sweet malt to balance it. The oak just pushes to the envelope of being too much and then starts to fade and then the chocolate hits to smooth it out for a great finish. Drank this one pretty fast as it was good. Mouthfeel had good carbonation but was a touch watery as most browns tend to be.

Overall, an excellent beer that I'm so glad that I got to try. Extremely drinkable, borderline session, which is scary considering the high ABV. Most highly recommend. Rotation: not available here but would be major player if it was.

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Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing...
Appears a dark brown with a chestnut hue when held up to the light. The small, off-white head slowly fades into a mild cap.
Smell is of cocoa nibs, nuts, vanilla, molasses, oak, and ripe fruit.
Taste is of oaky wood, citrus, cocoa, vanilla, nougat, and molasses.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, semi-dry, smooth, and digestible.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ditmier hosted a very nice tasting last weekend and pulled out something I wasn't expecting.. thanks Eric!!

I liked this one a bunch.. continuously poured into my small La Trappe goblet.

Deeep walnut brown... pretty cloudy even on the first pour..

Nose just smells "brown".. mostly everything brown when we think of beer... dark dried fruits.. toffee... cocoa.. alot of stuff going on... and some yeasty fruitiness smack dab all throughout ... seems out of place.

Flavor mirrors the nose with more toasty components.. "woody" is what I'm thinking with the brown malts.. makes me think of nutty English Brown ales.. dried cherries.. more chocolate and American hops show up as it warms.. I'm having a hard time with this one... big and "brown" and seems to be striving for an identity..

"Imperial Brown Ales" are tough for me... there is just too much pushing to the top.

Eric... I appreciate the chance to try this one sorta fresh... but if I get one... It's going away for a bit... Let's see what a year or two does.

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Popskull from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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